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New Anti-Party Ordinance in L.A. Will Escalate “Party House” Fines up to $8,000

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No more lit house parties in L.A. says the city.

Last Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved to control "party houses." The ordinance will create escalating fines and penalties for party hosts and homeowners who either host or rent out their homes for massive parties that disturb neighbors, block the right of way or create a danger to the public, according to a press release.

The ordinance began as a motion introduced by Councilmember David Ryu in 2016. Ryu represents the Fourth District which includes the Hollywood Hills.

“Today, we are putting public safety first and party houses on notice” Ryu said in the press release. “The problem of residential homes being used as de facto nightclubs has been growing for years. It’s not just a nuisance in otherwise quiet neighborhoods - it is a real danger.”

KTLA reports:

"Last September, City Attorney Mike Feuer filed criminal charges against the owner and manager of two known “party houses” in the Hollywood Hills. Last July, English Premier League soccer star Romelu Lukaku was cited at a house where he was staying in Beverly Hills after officers warned him five times to turn down the music."

It's no surprise the city attorney backed this ordinance.

"Proud to stand w/ Councilmember & our community partners against these out of hand party houses! he tweeted after the motion passed.

Proud to stand w/ Councilmember @davideryu & our community partners against these out of hand party houses! #partysover

— LA City Attorney (@CityAttorneyLA) February 21, 2018

Fines for violators are:

    • $100 for the first violation;
    • $500 for the second violation;
    • $1,000 for the third violation;
    • $2,000 for the fourth violation;
    • $4,000 for the fifth violation;
    • And $8,000 for the sixth and subsequent violation

You may recall the visit "surfer bros" Chad Kroeger and JT Parr made to a city council meeting in December to testify against the ordinance.

"I'm an activist and house party enthusiast," Kroeger said. "I'm here determined to stop this future atrocity. House parties were the bedrock of my development as a young man in San Clemente."

The speeches were a joke by two comedians, Tom Allen and John Parr.

Looks like their speeches weren't enough to convince council members. The ordinance is now headed to Mayor Garcetti's office to become law.

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